Welcome to the Garden

Welcome to the Garden, where the Boston Celtics (12-33) are set to take on the Los Angeles Clippers (23-22) at 7:30 p.m.

The Celtics can break the franchise-record for consecutive losses with a defeat at the hands of the Clippers. The defeat would be Boston’s 14th straight.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, visibly sweaty from doing drills for more than 45 minutes before the game, is sitting on the Celtics bench watching Allan Ray and Gerald Green warm up. Rondo played 19 minutes last game against the Lakers and 25 against Indiana the previous game. Rondo is getting more playing time (19.2 minutes per game in January compared to 12.8 in December) with the increasingly ineffective Sebastian Telfair playing a more limited role.

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Clippers center Chris Kaman is warming alone on the other end of the court. Kaman is practicing a series of running hook shots.

The Clippers were one of the surprise teams in the NBA last season with a 47-35 record. L.A. is struggling this year with basically the same team, while their cross-building rivals (the Lakers) are the NBA’s darlings again.

The Celtics don’t get much relief if they don’t win tonight. Boston travels to Detroit on Tuesday and hosts Miami Wednesday and New Jersey Friday. Losses in those three games would bring the losing streak to 17 games.

The Celtics locker room has just opened. We’ll be back in a bit with comments from coaches and players.

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